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Top 5 Canberra Getaways for a Perfect Weekend

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Published June 20th 2017
Canberra is the beautiful capital of Australia. It is located between Sydney and Melbourne and its location was chosen as the location of the capital even before there was a city there. In 1908, the site of Canberra was chosen for the capital as a compromise between the two of Australia's biggest cities and the construction began in 1913.

The design of the city was carefully planned, so it is no wonder that Australia's capital is as beautiful as it is. The city and its surrounding area have a lot to offer, and if you find yourself visiting them here are a few suggestions you shouldn't miss out on.

Canberra hot air balloon flight

Canberra Balloon festival
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The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is something you can only experience here. It is a hot air balloon festival held in Canberra every March. During this festival over 50 air balloons launch daily at dawn from the forecourt of Canberra's Old Parliament House. They take their passengers on an exciting journey over the city of Canberra. Welcoming the day and marveling at the natural and architectural beauties of Canberra is a wonderful way to get to know the city. But you don't have to visit Canberra during March to experience this. Hot air balloon flights are available all year round and when March passes, there will be less traffic in the sky if you prefer a more intimate flight over the city.

Cockington Green Gardens

Cockington Green Gardens
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This tourist attraction is located only 9 km away from Canberra and definitely worth the trip. Created in the '70s of the previous century it has been drawing in crowds of visitors ever since. Cockington Green Gardens is a park of miniatures. There you will find a miniature English village and many famous buildings from all over the world. Take a ride on the miniature steam train, walk around the mystical Stonehenge, say hello to the Loch Ness Monster, and enjoy every minute of your visit.

Snowy Mountains

Snowy Mountains Canberra
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The Snowies are the highest mountain range on the entire continent. They experience large snowfall every winter and if Australians want to experience snow, this is the place they come to. The mountains are a popular visiting site all year round. Visitors can enjoy hiking, different water sports, horse riding and so much more during summer. During winter, this is the destination for all skiers looking for adventure and beautiful sights. The Snowies are just a few hours away from Canberra but reaching them during winter can be tricky, so it is recommended to find a reliable charter bus rental such as Canberra Coaches. That way you will get to enjoy Australia's winter wonderland and not worry about anything but having a good time.

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Gundaroo is a historic Australian village, located north of Canberra. Visiting this unique village will make you feel like you stepped into a time machine and ended up in the 19th century. It is a great example of a 19th-century Australian village with all the elements of a township of that time, a hotel, a general store, a post office, a park, a town common, as well as three churches. Some of its historic buildings are still in use today. So, if you are looking for a relaxing little escape from the modern world go to Gundaroo.


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If you decide to visit this little town you can expect to have the gourmet getaway of a lifetime. There are many interesting facts about Braidwood. It was named after Dr. Thomas Braidwood Wilson, who was a surgeon on the ship taking prisoners to New South Wales and who started a community at the location today know as Braidwood. The classic Australian film The Year My Voice Broke was filmed in Braidwood. It is the home of many historic buildings that will knock you off your feet. But today, this town is best known for all the gourmet pleasures it offers to its visitors. While visiting this place, try the artisan baked goods, local wine, and have an incredible meal prepared with local organic ingredients and give your taste buds a treat.
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